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2015 Indian Scout Debuts in Sturgis

Sunday, August 3, 2014
Indian Motorcycle Co is once again stealing headlines in Sturgis. At a star-studded event Saturday night Indian unveiled the 2015 Indian Scout, inciting the crowd with claims of “100 horsepower” and “lightest in class.” With self-professed fan Mark Wahlberg in an Indian shirt and “Picker” Mike Wolfe promoting the unveiling, the company heralds the new Scout as the “first truly new Indian Scout in more than 70 years.”

As with the Thunder Stroke 111-powered Chiefs introduced last year, the engine of the 2015 Indian Scout is a focal point of the bike, its industrial design a combination of stamped cases and scrolled Indian insignias. The 69 cubic-inch V-Twin is liquid-cooled, with power numbers including the aforementioned 100 hp to go along with a claimed 72.2 lb-ft torque at 5900 rpm. Closed-loop fuel injection will feed Indian’s new proprietary V-Twin, its pistons putting the squeeze on fuel at a 9.5:1 compression ratio. The engine design helps give the Scout a signature look unlike any other cruiser currently on the market.



Indian used a cast aluminum frame for rigidity and weight savings. The external back shocks sit at almost a 45-degree angle and connect directly to the cast frame, as does the rear fender. Polaris Lead Industrial Designer Michael Song said getting the shocks to function at that extreme angle and location was one of the most challenging parts of the motorcycle. The adjustable rear shocks have a compact three inches of travel.

The counter-balanced engine is mated to a six-speed overdrive transmission. Final drive sees a carbon fiber belt spinning the 16-inch rear wheel, the black cast wheel wrapped in a relatively thin 150mm tire. While the 2015 Indian runs single 298mm rotors front and back, the rear has a single caliper to the front’s dual arrangement.

The 2015 Indian Chief sports a low seat height reported at 25.3-inches. We witnessed a young lady in the 5’5” range try on the tan leather seat for size, the ground within easy reach as were the tapered bars. The tank lends to the modern, industrial feel of the bike, but its logos are all heritage. The tank looks bigger than the 3.3 gallons it holds.



Two talking points that get us excited are its 558 pound claimed curb weight and its sticker price at a fraction under $11K. If its V-Twin can indeed produce 100 horsepower, the Scout should be able to get up and go. In comparison, a 2014 Harley Sportster 1200 Custom weighs a claimed 584 lbs and lists for $10,649.

The 2015 Indian Scout comes in Thunder Black, Indian Motorcycle Red, Silver Smoke (matte finish) and Thunder Black Smoke (matte finish) with an MSRP of $10,999. The first Scouts built under the direction of parent company Polaris are expected to be in dealerships late 2014.

As a special treat for those attending its Sturgis release, Charlie Ransom of The American Motor Drome Co. rode the 2015 Scout on the wooden planks of the Wall of Death. Ransom uses an Indian 101 Scout in his daredevil routine and demonstrated the new Scout’s capacity to execute the same maneuvers. The heavier bike sure shook the walls more than Ransom’s standard Scout, though. We heard that The American Motor Drome was set up for a couple weeks at Polaris HQ in Minnesota while Ransom familiarized himself with riding the new Scout inside the walls.



People attending the 2014 Sturgis Rally are invited to test ride the 2015 Indian Scout at the Indian Motorcycle Demo Experience on I-90 @ Exit 30 in Sturgis, South Dakota. Indian will be set up there through Saturday, August 9.

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2015 Indian Scout Specs
It was a festive affair in Sturgis Saturday night  August 2 as Indian Motorcycles pulled wraps off its 2015 Chief.
Engine - Liquid-Cooled V-Twin
Displacement 69 cu in
Compression Ratio 9.5:1Drive/Driven Clutch - Wet, Multi-Plate
Horsepower (claimed) - 100 (74.7 kW)
Transmission - Primary Drive Gear Drive Wet Clutch 
Electronic Fuel Injection System Closed loop fuel injection / 60mm bore
Performance
Peak Torque - (J1349 ft-lbs) 72.2 ft-lbs. (97.7 Nm)
Peak Torque RPM - 5900 rpm
Gear Ratio (Overall)
1st 10.782 : 1
2nd 7.328 : 1
3rd 5.841 : 1
4th 4.957 : 1
5th 4.380 : 1
6th 4.034 : 1
Final Drive 2.357 : 1

Chassis
Suspension: Front - Type/Travel Telescopic Fork/4.7" (120 mm)
Suspension: Rear - Type/Travel Dual Shocks/3.0" (76 mm)
Brakes/Front Single / 298 mm Rotor / 2 Piston Caliper
Brakes/Rear Single /298 mm Rotor / 1 Piston Caliper
Tires/Front 130/90-16 72H
Tires/Rear 150/80-16 71H
Wheels Cast 16" x 3.5" Front and 16" x 5" Rear
Exhaust System Split dual exhaust with crossover

DIMENSIONS
Fuel Capacity (gallons/liters) 3.3 gallons
Ground Clearance 5.3 in / 135 mm
Overall Height (in./cm.) 47.5 in / 1207 mm
Overall Width (in./cm.) 34.6 in / 880 mm
Rake/Trail 29°
Seat Height 25.3 in / 635 mm
Wheelbase 61.5 in / 1562 mm
Overall Length (in./cm.) 91 in / 2311 mm
Lean Angle 31 degrees
GVWR 988 lbs / 449 kg
Trail 4.7 in / 119.9 mm
Weight (Empty tank / full of fuel) 538 lbs / 558 lbs (244 kg / 253 kg)
Electric
Gauges Digital tachometer, odometer, trip meter, engine temp, and low fuel lamp
Lights Headlight, tail/brake light, turn signals, license plate light, and speedometer and indicator lights
 

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Comments
jmmgarza   August 4, 2014 11:31 AM
Sweet look'n mid size bike. Not everyone wants to ride one of those fat-gaudy Chiefs. I love this new Indian. No fringe, no skirts and no BS. Of course many ol' timers will claim this is a beginners or women's bike. Screw them and their 1%er dreams.
Superlight   August 4, 2014 09:19 AM
Now this will give the Sportster some real competition! Maybe Harley will give it a new engine or at least some "precision cooling".
Mitch   August 4, 2014 07:52 AM
ChicagoC: I have a strong suspicion that this bike was already in development before Polaris inherited Indian. The engine, frame, and price seem to scream Victory. Personally I think this bike would have fit the value/performance Victory brand better but even though it goes against Polaris initial vision for the premium/retro Indian brand it's still a nice addition to the stable and will be sure to attract a whole new market to Indian dealerships.
Delvmax11   August 4, 2014 07:47 AM
Looks like what I would picture a natural evolution of the Scout would be. Interested in the performance of the engine, also looks like it should handle pretty well. Glad to see Indian bringing a low priced alternative into the market, many peole have been wanting an entry level Indian. Not everyone wants a retro bike with valanced fenders.
balreadysaid   August 4, 2014 02:06 AM
like the bike and the price!
sloppy   August 3, 2014 06:37 PM
jet057, I agree about your points. I wish they would have put the front fender a bit longer as well as holding about another gallon of gas. However, I seriously doubt this is cutting corners. It is just styling as well as the application of the bike to keep it under 600 lbs. fully fueled. I also am not crazy about the pronounced radiator. I would have like a bit more subtlety. But I gotta say that I am glad to see Indian go their own way instead of being a Harley clone with streamlined fenders. I guarantee the thing rides fantastic and to the open minded who like competition and are happy to see HD and Indian compete for our business, it is very welcome. Well done Polaris.
ChicagoCyclist   August 3, 2014 06:04 PM
I love this bike. At first, not so much. I was surprised to see a new motor, let alone a liquid cooling. I was so sure after all the resources that went into the 111. It would be some time before Indian motorcycles came out with another motor. Yet, it seems they went all out. Looking through all the pictures and information on the Indian motorcycles website. I began to look at this bike differently and once I realized, this is a modern version of the old Scout. I said to myself, this is a product the old Indian Moto co. would of built if they didn't stop production and close their doors. Indian of old, was a progressive company. I'm glad Indian is back. Not everyone wants the same thing. Some of us like technology. Don't get me wrong. I love Harleys, Victorys, EBR's and the new Indian motorcycles. WHY? Because im American, and I want America, to succeed. We lost too much and not too long ago there was only one American motorcycle manufacturer left... Freedom of choice is what we have now, and it can be served up anyway we like. I for one, love the new Scout. Double post because there's no edit button.
ChicagoCyclist   August 3, 2014 05:51 PM
I love this bike. At first, not so much. I was surprised to see a new motor, let alone a liquid cooling. I was so sure after all the resources that went into the 111. It would be some time before Indian motorcycles came out with another motor. Yet, it seems they went all out. Looking through all the pictures and information on the Indian motorcycles website. I began to look at this bike differently and once I realized, this is a modern version of the old Scout. This is a product the old Indian Moto co. would of built if they didn't stop production and close their doors. Indian of old, was a progressive company. I'm glad Indian is back. Not everyone wants the same thing. Some of us like technology. I love Harleys, Victorys, EBR's and the new Indian motorcycles. WHY? Because im American, and I want America, to succeed. We lost too much. And not too long ago there was only American motorcycle manufacturer left... Freedom of choice is what we have now. And it can be served up anyway we like. I for one, love the new Scout.
Piglet2010   August 3, 2014 05:40 PM
I would not be surprised to see a touring version in a year with more fuel capacity, a pillion seat, etc. With all the R&D basically done, it would not make sense for Polaris to not use the frame and engine for more models.
jet057   August 3, 2014 10:01 AM
It's kinda cool but 2-4 things i don't care for,1-the Front Fender is to high i would have liked it lower to the tire.2-The rear Fender look's way off,it has that rear tire shoved way up into it,I guess it help's the seat stay up and straight.The 3 gallon tank only,really ! a 4 to 5 would have been way better for the rider and ride.Who want's to spend time at a gas station every 3 gal's.For the price you can see how Polaris cut corner's on quality and history just to make a buck,just saying it "should" have made it w/ more Class and Respect !
Choco   August 3, 2014 09:58 AM
Im not a cruiser guy, but I like this one. The engine looks technical and has water cooling and double overhead cams just like a modern bike. This needs a better pipe and I'm sure the aftermarket will have that covered. A step forward for cruisers.
DocNick   August 3, 2014 09:42 AM
Liquid cooled, counterbalanced, fuel injected. Sweet! Maybe I'll get one when I wear out my Intruder 1400.
harleybro   August 3, 2014 09:26 AM
Nice bike but it suffers from the same handicap as the Sporty; namely, a small fuel tank. What's the estimated MPG, I wonder?
Piglet2010   August 3, 2014 08:18 AM
So about the same weight as any of the Sportster 1200 models, within $500 of the price of any of them, and about half-again as much RWHP (~60 for the H-D's, and ~90 for the Scout). Also built in the USA and has a badge of marque with much heritage. Anyone lying awake at night yet in Milwaukee?